Goldie looking for silverware

by Gazette Reporter
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Foxrock-Cabinteely star and Dublin ladies’ football captain Sinead Goldrick picked up her second TG4 Ladies All-Star in succession at a glittering awards ceremony at the Citywest Hotel last Saturday night.

Goldrick was named in the centre-half back berth on the night and was the only member of the Jackies to make the 2013 ladies football picks of the season.

Speaking to Gazette Sport this week at the announcement of AIG’s groundbreaking new five-year sponsorship of Dublin GAA across all codes (men’s football, hurling, ladies football and camogie) and the unveiling of next season’s Dublin jersey at the Conrad Hotel, the Foxrock-Cabinteely player was delighted at her latest accolade.

“It was a shock this year as I really wasn’t expecting the All-Star given the year we had. It’s a great honour but obviously it doesn’t make up for us not getting further than the quarter-final. Still, it was great for my club and my family who put in a lot of work, and it was a great night.”

As Goldrick alluded, Dublin exited the ladies All-Ireland football championship race back in August – the Jackies losing out to eventual champions Cork at the quarter-final stage – and the 22-year-old couldn’t hide her overall disappointment at that aspect of Dublin’s season, despite their retention of the Leinster title.

“The last three years we’ve lost in the quarter-final, and the feeling gets worse every time it happens. We had problems getting our management at the start and we got knocked out of the league early. We pulled it together but going out of the league didn’t help our year.”

Perhaps because of that disappointment, the Foxrock-Cabinteely star is pretty clear-cut in her ambitions for Dublin ladies in 2014.

“Next year, we’re really going to focus on the league as a starter to get more matches. Our hopes for 2014 are to win the league and to keep the Leinster title that we have and then go the whole way and win get the All-Ireland.

“Hopefully, we’ll get over the curse of the quarter-final,” said Goldrick.

The now two-times All-Star, who was also the inaugural winner of the Ladies Football Player of the Month award back in July 2012, highlighted the Foxrock-Cabinteely club’s backing in terms of her overall success with Dublin.

“I’ve been at the club since I was five years old and playing with the girls since I was eight, and there’s a group core of us there. We won the Dublin championship last year but didn’t get very far at all this year.

“I want to get back training with my club and with Dublin and start getting some silverware next year.”

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